Saturday, 25 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Lara Jones and the Temple of Tickets

Harry Levy is an arcade machine company founded in 1980 that worked at creating pushers/dozer machines, as well as prize redemption. They are a major contractor for arcades around the UK that offer pusher/nudger/dozer games as well as redemption machines. This is one of them:

Lara Jones and the Temple of Tickets is one of the more family friend slot machines that are designed to repeatedly pay out, rather than rely on luck and skill. The character and font here is Lara Jones, a pastiche of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones, so much so that the artwork for the character is Lara Croft wearing Indy's tattered shirt, a fedora and carrying a whip. 

In this type of slot machine, players put in credits and spin the reels to match 3 symbols, with each batch of symbols being worth more redemption tickets. Even if you get 2 of the same type of symbol, the player gets 2 tickets. So, unless you don't play, it's impossible to lose the game. Getting 3 of the Skull symbols activates Temple of Tickets mode, where the larger reels on the top of the machine spin and keep gaining tickets until 3 skulls appear, then the mode is over and normal play resumes.

The game itself is really unique and as it's a British game by a British company, I'm not entirely sure it ever made it's way outside the UK. It's an interesting concept in the field of always win, family friendly machines.